Pristiq is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant drug used in the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). Pristiq works by decreasing the absorption of serotonin and epinephrine. This blocking action in turn allows an increased level of each in the brain, and the higher levels of each help to regulate mood for users of this drug. Pristiq, also known generically as desvenlafaxine, is sometimes used to treat other conditions such as chronic neuropathic pain, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and menopausal symptoms.

Pristiq is considered to be ten times more effective at inhibiting serotonin reuptake. While this has a positive effect for the user when the drug is taken as prescribed, if the drug is misused, greater instances of risky side effects are brought on. Self-management, or modification of dosages, happens when a user seeks to achieve a higher level of the positive effects they are feeling from the drug. Long-term overdosing of Pristiq can adversely affect the body by bringing on dangerous conditions including seizures, abnormally slow or increased heart rate, a breakdown of damaged skeletal muscle (rhabdomyolysis) leading to kidney damage, liver necrosis, and coma.

Whether you’ve used the prescription drug Pristiq yourself or know someone who has, you may have questions about it. For answers, select a frequently asked question or call a representative from The Recovery Village to learn more.